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Monday, August 16, 2010: The Big C

by Mindy Monez August 16, 2010 6:00 am
Monday, August 16, 2010: <i>The Big C</i>

Showtime adds to their zany-ladies-of-a-certain-age dramedies tonight with the premiere of The Big C, starring Laura Linney as a former doormat who decides to start livin' life for herself after she is diagnosed with cancer. Showtime was kind enough to send the pilot to us a little early, and I have to say, it's an odd show that's a little clumsy in its delivery at times, but it's really very watchable, and not just because Laura Linney elevates everything she's in.

There are scenes that are bitingly funny (one in which Linney informs a caustic Gabourey Sidibe that she can't be both fat and mean -- "You can either be fat and joyous or a skinny bitch. It's up to you" -- is particularly fabulous) and scenes that are poignant and heartbreaking, and not in a particularly generic cancer-story way (I don't say that to at all belittle the experience of cancer patients -- just the phoned-in way television tends to treat those battles). The show does suffer from a horribly annoying teenage son character that I want to dropkick, and, really, far too many scenes where the joke is that Laura Linney's breasts are accidentally falling out of her shirt. But this show's definitely got something going on. I'm season-passing.

The Big C premieres on Showtime at 10:30 PM tonight, opposite the latter halves of Dating in the Dark and The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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